U.S. ambassador confirmed

The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON–Donald Trump’s ambassador is heading to Canada.
The U.S. Senate swiftly confirmed Kelly Knight Craft, endorsing her nomination in time for her to begin work as major trade negotiations start.
The confirmation was announced yesterday by the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell.
That swift two-week turnaround is faster than how the Senate handled the last ambassador’s appointment, as it allowed the nomination of Barack Obama’s pick Bruce Heyman to languish for months before proceeding.
It came after a breezy confirmation hearing.
Anything but a grilling, Knight Craft was asked two questions about basketball, and others about Russian election-meddling and NATO in her congressional hearing.
This appointment allows Knight Craft to start work at a sensitive moment in Canada-U.S. relations–the two countries and Mexico will start negotiating an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement on Aug. 16.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland offered her congratulations on Twitter last night.
“We look forward to working with you to strengthen #CanUS ties!” she tweeted.
“Great news, congratulations,” Canada’s ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, tweeted yesterday.
“[Our countries’] partnership is more important than ever, see you soon.”